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Hurricane Evacuees Fill Hotels, RV Parks

Evacuees of Tropical Storm Gustav will have to travel as far north as El Dorado, Ark., and as far west as Dallas to find shelter from the coming storm. Hotels and RV parks in the Shreveport-Bossier City, La., area filled all their rooms in a matter of hours after the storm turned toward the Gulf of Mexico, according to the Shreveport Times. "We are booked solid," said Brandy Claiborne, vice president of communications for the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau. "We are... Read more

N.Y. State Parks End Record Camping Season

As Labor Day weekend brings summer to a close, state park campground operators in New York say the season didn't turn out the way it was shaping up in the spring. By the end of May, reservations were up 15% at state campgrounds, compared to a year earlier – a figure that dropped to 4% by the end of August. Officials say the explanation is simple: rain. “A few weeks ago we had a hail storm and it was like a raging river here," Thompson's Lake State Park director Chris Fallon said... Read more

Good Sam Clean Days Are Sept. 6-7

The Good Sam Club, the world’s largest RV owners’ organization with more than 1 million member families, will hold its National Cleanup Day Sept. 6-7, bringing together thousands of Good Sam volunteers to pick up trash on public lands throughout the United States and Canada. The 2008 National Cleanup Day marks the 12th year the Good Sam Club has organized a national cleanup, with hundreds of its chapters cleaning state, provincial and national parks, highways, local roads, and waterways throughout... Read more

‘Green’ Vacations Are Easy in an RV

Need further proof that RVs can be environmentally friendly? Just consider this latest release from the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC). Standard habits exercised on an RV vacation make energy conservation and eco-friendly practices easy, MARVAC stated. With restricted space and resources, RVers are natural conservers while traveling. Conscious of waste, high utility bills and saving energy, RVers practice rinsing and reusing containers, selecting paper products... Read more

Lawson’s Landing Plan Aired, Again

Almost everyone agrees that trailers and recreational vehicles have been coming to the Lawson's Landing campground in Dillon Beach, Calif., since the 1920s. It's the question of exactly where those trailers were parked – and when – that has divided the park's owners, county officials and environmental groups, and prevented the Marin County Planning Commission from reaching a conclusion on the 940-acre campground's master plan, according to the Marin Independent Journal, San... Read more

Enjoy a Safe Labor Day Weekend

The staff of Woodall’s Campground Management and WoodallsCM.com would like to take a moment and honor the people who labored and built this great nation into what it is today. To the campground industry, we wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend. The WoodallsCM.com Website will be idle on Monday, Sept. 1, but will be back up and running on Tuesday, Sept. 2.  Read More →

RV Park Opens to Hurricane Evacuees

With weather predictions showing the path of hurricane Gustav to make landfall on the coast of south Louisiana, the town council and mayor of Oak Grove, La., have announced they will again open the Oak Grove City Park’s RV parking to residents fleeing the storm, according to the Associated Press. The 40 lots will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and include water and electricity along with use of the American Legion hall as a place of safe shelter if weather conditions call for... Read more

Ontario KOA Notes 5% Downturn in July

Michelle Berry, owner of the KOA campground in Foley, Ontario, is calling 2008 “the year of challenges.” The number of nights people are camping at this 59-site campground near Georgian Bay was down 5% last month. "Overall, this July is down," she said. "Compared to the last couple of years it's down, but those were awesome years." The decrease is not only due to gas prices, but also the rainy weather and bugs, according to parrysound.com. "One thing we stumbled... Read more

Oregon RV Park Plan Gets Rehearing

Coos County, Ore., commissioners will once again hear testimony on the 179-unit RV park proposed for the old Rogge Mill site in Bandon, Ore. They’ve scheduled a public hearing on the case Friday (Aug. 29) at the courthouse in Coquille, according to the Coos Bay World. This latest land use round started in January, when the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) told commissioners the applicant, Indian Point Inc., must revisit issues appellants felt were not adequately addressed. In July, Indian... Read more

Strix Systems ‘Wires’ Lazydays RV Center

Strix Systems said it has installed its wireless network at Lazydays RV SuperCenter in Seffner, Fla. The network provides coverage over the entire 126-acre RV destination complex, according to a release from Strix and published by bizjournals.com. The complex includes an 86,600-square-foot main building, 273 services bays, 300-campsite Rally Park, more than 1,000 RVs on display and an RV service and collision center. There’s also a Camping World store, Cracker Barrel restaurant and Flying J RV... Read more

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